Wednesday, February 8, 2017

{My Parties} The Little Mermaid Party

I wanna be...where the people are!
Who else LOVES The Little Mermaid?
Oh, I'm an 80s baby at heart, so all those classic Disney princesses are my favorites. 

When my clients contacted me about doing Miss K's 3rd birthday this year,  I LOVED the idea of doing an Ariel party for her! You can also see her Elmo Circus party from last year. 

They held the party at their local YMCA swimming pool and it was the perfect setting for an underwater celebration. 

I knew I wanted to make Ariel the centerpiece of the party, so I started with this amazing mermaid laser-cut wooden mermaid by Ten23 Designs. I painted her to look like Ariel, even adding red glitter to her hair to make her look extra beautiful. 

On either side of Ariel, I used some shimmery fabric that I picked up at the fabric store, and pulled the pieces back to create a curtain effect. I added these fun papier mache seashells, which I painted to match my theme. 

On the front of the table, my friend Candace at LillyPaul Designs created this fun, Ariel themed fabric garland to dress up the table. 

To give the table an underwater effect, I used a white tablecloth and then draped turquoise shimmera fabric over it to give it a more ethereal feel. I topped the table off with some aqua floral sheeting, which is one of my favorite party supplies! 

On either side of the party table, I used these giant coral standees from Shindigz to give it some extra underwater feel! 

Every The Little Mermaid party has to have Dinglehopper candelabras right???
I made mine using these candelabras and plastic flatware from Shindigz. I spray painted the candelabras to match the glitter on the flatware. Then, I added some pearls with hot glue. So fun, right? And the best part is that the birthday girl got to take them home!

For the cake, I had my baker do a simple ocean themed cake and then I added The Little Mermaid figurines to it. 

I added a little bit of Candyfetti on top of course!

The immensely talented Amanda at SemiSweet Confections knocked these cookies out of the park. They were so perfect with my Shindigz napkins!

For our other snacks and treats, we kept everything ocean themed. 
We had mermaid tail sweet lollis by Sweets Indeed. I displayed them in little treasure boxes that I painted gold. 

We had turquoise and purple M&Ms by request of the birthday girl. 

And Conch Shell Wraps (Chick-Fil-A wraps)!

As favors, the kids took home these adorable mermaid themed treat bags from Shindigz, filled with goldfish and gummy seashells from Oh Nuts. 

For our guest table centerpieces, I created two different versions. 
The first was a treasure chest, filled with pearls and coins. I got all these supplies at the craft store! The secret to making the chest look full is to fill it with plastic bags first. Then, I glued the coins on top!

The next was a coral reef theme. I picked up these fun floral picks at Hobby Lobby and then added them to a container filled with styrofoam and bag shred. Then, I printed out some Little Mermaid printables and glued them to bamboo skewers and stuck them in too. 

And since this was outside, we needed to make it look like it was underwater. To accomplish that, I taped foil curtains around the perimeter of the party area and then hung paper lantern jellyfish along with them. The wind really blew the curtains around giving it a magical feeling. 

To welcome the guests to the party, I had to do a fun banner of this sweet face! She was SO excited to see herself on this banner! 

You can't have a mermaid party without some mermaids, so I bought a bunch of ocean themed inflatables and floated them in the pool. The kids loved it!

Last but not least, the kids had our favorite face painter there to make everyone have a princess face or a superhero mask! 

And to top it all off, Miss K and her mommy came dressed in fully matching Little Mermaid costume! I love a mom who commits to a party theme!! 
Seriously, how cute are they?

I think she had fun! 

Thanks to my clients, Demareo and Latoya, for asking me to create Miss K's party again this year!


Party Supplies;
Little Mermaid wooden cut out: Ten23 Designs
Fabric Bunting: LillyPaul Designs
Sweets Skewers: Sweets Indeed
Candy: Oh Nuts

Monday, January 23, 2017

{My Parties} Queen of Hearts UnBirthday Party

Are you planning any parties for Valentine's Day? 
How about an Alice in Wonderland inspired Queen of Hearts theme? This theme is actually perfect year round! I love the idea of celebrating a birthday for the queen of your heart! 

My favorite scene in Alice in Wonderland is when they visit the Queen of Hearts. I love the big, sculptured boxwoods. So, to call to mind that scene, I used green floral sheeting to create a backdrop that resembled the boxwoods. 
On top of that, I made a heart of out playing cards. This is such an easy project. All it takes is hot glue, a deck of cards, and a piece of cardboard. 
On either side of the table, I used these oversized flamingo standees. 
The casino themed tablecloth goes perfectly with this theme!

Every birthday needs a cake. I took a simple, store-bought white cake and added red roses and playing cards to the top Such an easy way to dress it up!
I surrounded the cake with this plastic crown from Shindigz to give it a queenly look. 

On the lower level of the cake stand, I served some of my favorite cocktails, Dirty Shirleys.
Such an easy drink for any adult party. It's simply a Shirley Temple with Vodka!

For our cupcakes, I bought these strawberry shortcake ones from the grocery store and topped them with these cute playing card toppers and wrapped them in black and white striped wrappers. 

Since the queen of hearts has her roses painted red, I displayed these cute rose topiaries on cake stands. These were white and I painted them red!
For my "paintbrushes" I bought pre-made rice krispie treats with wooden sticks and dipped them into red candy melts. 

Chocolate covered strawberries are an essential Valentine's Day treat too! I displayed mine in these cute buckets and added harlequin paper straws to make them look like flowers. 

My friend Katherine at Creating Awesomenessity whipped up these beautiful playing card cookies for me. I displayed them on a bed of Valentine's candy. 

To further incorporate the roses theme, I added more of the red floral sheeting on the top of the table, for a "bed of roses."

And since I love how my friends at Shindigz can personalize pretty much anything, what's more perfect for a Queen of Hearts party than these decks of playing cards??

I love a favor you can keep and decks of cards are always a great idea for guests to take home!


Party Supplies:
All Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs